SECRET CIRCLE: 1.02 “Bound”
I’m struggling with what to say about this series. Part of it is because I know the books, and I’m trying to put that aside. But knowing the characters there and meeting the characters here, there’s just this tension.
Tension #1: Diana. Diana was a main character in the books, but unfortunately, she really wasn’t a very round, deep character. Very one-sided. Very goody-goody. And you’d think that if they were revamping the series in a new and different way, they’d fix this. They’ve eliminated a lot of characters, which means that there’s and opportunity to put some focus on her. But instead, she’s kinda dull. And then I start wondering, why should I care about her and Adam’s relationship — and the tension between him and Cassie — because I really haven’t seen Diana and Adam be all that great together, mainly because of Diana.
Tension #2: Faye. Blarg. Faye still sucks. I’m sorry, but she’s just not threatening. I just don’t get why they cast this girl as Faye. Now, look at Faye’s mother. Seriously, she could take a number of lessons from her own mother on how to be evil and sinister. This is just black-and-white, melodramatic “bad girl” and it doesn’t cut it.
Tension #3: Boobs. Did anyone else notice how many boobs were flying around this episode? These are high schoolers, for goodness’ sake. I don’t need to see all that! Stuff it in your shirt people!
Ok, all that aside, at least we’ve developed the series a bit. But there’s really only one person I really care about after this episode, and that’s Faye’s mother. There’s a real question here about what side she’s on. I mean, for a while there, you thought she was bad. I mean, she’s working with Diana’s father, who killed Cassie’s mother. But then she made it clear that he was abusing the limited power they had — and she was shocked that Faye was using power — so she took that away and saved Sally. But then she killed her own father-in-law. It’s back-and-forth, back-and-forth, back-and-forth, and you just don’t know what game she’s playing or plan she’s hatching. It’s fascinating.
Cassie is doing well, though, and I wonder what’s going to happen now that their “bound.” I’m surprised that Cassie didn’t jump into her own book to see what binding really meant, but I like that she still hasn’t jumped into the magic situation with both feet. She’s still hesitant, and I like that.
I wonder where this show goes, though. Right now, we’re spending a lot of time trying to understand powers. But we all know how that turned out with Heroes. It can’t go on forever. What happens ten episodes down the road? Or a season? As of right now, I just still don’t know what to expect in The Secret Circle, and I wouldn’t mind knowing more faster.
With fewer boobs, I should add.